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On April 22-24, AIA Foundation with AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) convened nearly one hundred built environment, health, and policy experts for a summit focused on connecting design and health through measurement.
A convergence of two professions
In advance of the event, potential authors in education and practice alike were asked to consider what part of public health belongs to design; how do we drive design into codes and standards to intentionally achieve positive health outcomes; and, how can design solutions address a wide range of health outcomes as a question of equity?
The results, delivered in a series of papers, are remarkable. Individually, they help to affirm six evidence-based approaches to health that architects can control through design practices and policies: environmental quality, natural systems, physical activity, safety, sensory environments, and social connectedness. Collectively, however, they represent an intellectual and practical convergence of design and health essential to designing a better world.
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Heather Burpee, M.Arch.; David A. C. Beck, Ph.D.; and John Scott Meschke, Ph.D., M.S., J.D.
This report describes research that used the Bullitt Center as a pilot project to collect data regarding building impacts on physical activity and indoor air quality, including the microbiome.
Edward Clark, LEED AP BD+C & Christopher Flint Chatto
This report presents three case studies that incorporate biophilic design principles to realize positive health outcomes.
Gary Gaston & Christine Kreyling
This report outlines the content and value of a 2014 publication of the same name, which focuses on Davidson County, TN.
Adele Houghton, AIA, MPH, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, ND
This report considers the evidence of green building strategies' (as defined by LEED) influence on community health.
Kyle D. Konis, AIA, Ph.D.
This report discusses light as "therapy" and day-lighting design requirements as the background for a performance-based design framework.
Stephen Luoni, Assoc. AIA & Jeffrey Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
This report considers the structural connections between urbanism and the growing of food.
This report explores strategies used by communities to build resilience and health through design.
SGPA Architecture & Planning
This case study features a retirement community designed to minimize the effects of social isolation among residents.
Bianca Shulaker; Jennifer Isakoff; Tori Kjer; and Kelley Hart
This report presents two case studies that illustrate how the Trust for Public Land incorporates health principles into the design and development of parks.
Dina Sorensen, M.Arch., LEED AP; Jeri Brittin, Ph.D. (c), Assoc. IIDA, Allied ASID; Leah Frerichs, Ph.D (c); Matthew Trowbridge, M.D., MPH; and Terry T-K Huang, Ph.D., MPH, CPH
This case study highlights the architectural and health outputs of the multi-disciplinary team responsible for the Buckingham County Primary School project.
Greg Tew; Mandy Tew; Matt Wagner; Tor Waschenko; Sarah Wise; and Julia Gray
This report demonstrates land-use and design options for an allotment community design.
Jocelyn Widmer; Nirupa Goel; and Alina Baciu
This report identifies and discusses key publications by the Institute of Medicine that call for non-clinical solutions to the nation's health burden.
Kelly Worden, MPH; Matthew Trowbridge, M.D., MPH; and Chris Pyke, Ph.D.
This report aims to identify and inventory health-focused credits within LEED, among other efforts to further tie green building to health outcomes.
This report suggests a design-aid matrix to help architects integrate therapeutic technologies with environmental sustainability practices. The author focuses on luminous intensities.
Xuemei Zhu, Ph.D.; Zhipeng Lu, Ph.D.; Chanam Lee, Ph.D.; George Mann; and Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D.
This report measures the effect of a walkable community on the physical and social behavior of residents. The report uses pre- and post-move data to measure change in health outcomes.